Then 1Solomonaformed a marriagealliance with Pharaohking of Egypt, and tookPharaoh'sdaughter2and brought her to the city of David3until he had finishedbuilding his own house and the house of the LORD and 4the wallaroundJerusalem.
25The people were stillsacrificing on the highplaces, because there was nohousebuilt for the name of the LORDuntilthosedays.
Now 6Solomonloved the LORD, 7walking in the statutes of his fatherDavid, except he sacrificed and burnedincense on the highplaces.
48The kingwent to 9Gibeon to sacrificethere, 10for that was the greathighplace; Solomonoffered a thousandburntofferings on that altar.
511In Gibeon the LORDappeared to Solomon12in a dream at night; and Godsaid, "13Askwhat you wish me to give you."
Then Solomonsaid, "14You have showngreatlovingkindness to Your servantDavid my father, 15according as he walkedbefore You in btruth and righteousness and uprightness of hearttoward You; and 16You have creserved for him thisgreatlovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is thisday.
7"Now, O LORD my God, 17You have made Your servantking in place of my fatherDavid, yet 18I am but a littlechild; 19I do not know how to go out or come in.
"20Your servant is in the midst of Your peoplewhich You have chosen, 21a greatpeoplewho are toomany to be numbered or counted.
"So 22give Your servantdan understandingheart to judge Your people23to discernbetweengood and evil. For who is able to judgethisegreatpeople of Yours?"
10fIt was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had askedthisthing.
11Godsaid to him, "Because you have askedthisthing and have 24not asked for yourself glonglife, nor have askedriches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself hdiscernment to understandjustice,
12behold, 25I have done according to your words. Behold, 26I have given you a wise and discerningheart, so that there has beenno one like you before you, nor shall one like you ariseafter you.
"27I have alsogiven you what you have not asked, both28riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kingslike you all your days.
"29If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your fatherDavidwalked, then I will 30prolong your days."
Then 31Solomonawoke, and behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stoodbefore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offeredburntofferings and madepeaceofferings, and 32made a feast for all his servants.
16Thentwowomen who were harlotscame to the king and stoodbefore him.
The onewomansaid, "Oh, my lord, ithiswoman and I live in the samehouse; and I gavebirth to a childwhile she was in the house.
"It happened on the thirdday after I gavebirth, that thiswomanalsogavebirth to a child, and we were together. There was nostranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house.
19"Thiswoman'ssondied in the night, because she lay on it.
"So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservantslept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her deadson in my bosom.
"When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne."
Then the otherwomansaid, "No! For the livingone is my son, and the dead one is your son." But jthe firstwomansaid, "No! For the dead one is your son, and the livingone is my son." Thus they spokebefore the king.
Then the kingsaid, "kThe onesays, 'This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one'; and lthe othersays, 'No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the livingone.' "
The kingsaid, "Get me a sword." So they brought a swordbefore the king.
The kingsaid, "Divide the livingchild in two, and givehalf to the one and half to the other."
Then the womanwhosechild was the livingonespoke to the king, for m33she was deeplystirredover her son and said, "Oh, my lord, give her the livingchild, and by nomeanskill him." But the othersaid, "He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!"
Then the kingsaid, "Giventhe first woman the livingchild, and by nomeanskill him. She is his mother."
When allIsraelheard of the judgmentwhich the king had ohandeddown, they feared the king, for 34they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to padministerjustice.